So say Forbes and the New York Times. Get a Pass on Poor Drafts? In Pictures: Best And Worst NFL Draft Teams - Worst: New England Patriots - Forbes.com Of course, like any evaluation, judgment is involved -- so take this with a pinch of salt. What is noteworthy are the following quotes: "Stuart said via e-mail Thursday: â€śThe Patriots have struggled to reload their roster through the draft, formerly a Patriots staple. With the exception of LB Jerod Mayo and FS Brandon Meriweather, none of their draft picks over the past four years have made instant impacts.â€ť New England has been so good, a Patriots fan might counter, that itâ€™s hard for a draftee to crack the roster. But Stuart said: â€śIf you donâ€™t have much room for rookies on your roster, the only play you have is to trade UP in the draft, to stockpile a bunch of picks for some high ones. Otherwise, you end up cutting a ton of players that you drafted in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th rounds for nothing. Of course, thatâ€™s exactly whatâ€™s ended up happening with the Pats.â€ť " So going for quality (by trading up and picking a high impact player) may well have been a better strategy than volume of so-so players who couldn't make the cut. What do you think?